Responding to some questions and comments about my new Easy Feldenkrais series, I thought to go ahead and make a short video on the topic of who "owns" Feldenkrais and what you can do with Feldenkrais materials in general and with my materials in specific.
Though many people may tell you otherwise, Feldenkrais is not owned. Certain organizations may lay claim to owning certain copyrighted terms such as Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, ATM®, Functional Integration® and others...but the movements and the work itself is not owned.
It is important to recognize that copyright law does not protect a concept or idea, it rather protects the expression conveyed, which may be presented in the form of an article, a book etc. So in general, put any Feldenkrais session in your own words and then use those words and ideas however you want. Of course, if you have more specific questions or concerns contact a lawyer. I, Ryan Nagy am not a lawyer...
Grab some rare and hard to get Feldenkrais sessions and transcripts from Easy Feldenkrais: Easy Feldenkrais
Have you struggled with information overload? Have you tried a multitude of software programs, smartphone apps and physical planners (Franklin Planner, anyone?) to keep lists, stay organized and be more productive?
Most people have. I sure as hell have. But maybe software is not the solution. Until recently none of my attempts to deal with information overload have worked. None. Having tried every type of planning system under that sun, I decided several years ago that my problem was not organization, but stress and too much computer time. So I tried laying down to do more Feldenkrais sessions. I spent more time with friends, more time in nature, more time walking my dogs. I did self-hypnosis sessions and several sessions with a well-known author and psychotherapist. I started reading more physical books and fewer ebooks and pdfs. It helped a bit, I guess. But something was missing. I was still distracted and brain-tired every god damn day. And even worse, my productivity was off....way off. It was getting so bad that I was considering quitting my various online businesses and getting a job in the real world. Maybe it was time to find a University teaching job and get back to the classroom?
In a fit of desperation, I decided to go back in time to my strategies of the early-1990's. That is, to a time before I had a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone and a kindle. To a time when I did nearly all of my organizing on paper...on 3x5 and 4x6 index cards to be exact. For the last several weeks, I have been keeping my computer off or in the background and I know write down all my notes, quotes and anecdotes on notecards. Using pen and paper to stay organized has been an absolute godsend. It has given me my time and attention back. It cuts down on my use of my laptop and other devices. That in turn helps me stay in the moment and limit distracting surfing of the web and other stimuli. And it helps me to review and organize my most important thoughts and ideas. Everything is literally "at hand." I do not have to power up a device to see what needs done. It has been the biggest change in my life in many, many years. I owe the change to a blog post from Ryan Holiday, a former student of the best-selling author Robert Greene. I read the blog post below, the heavens opened up and I got to work. If you are interested in such things, here is the link the the blog post (and for the record, there is nothing to buy) Ryan Holiday's Note Card System.
Update: I wrote a draft of this blog post on October 24th, 2016 before editing and publishing it on November 8th. Using index cards is still a godsend and still helping me immensely. However, I have also expanded my use of paper and I have started printing out hard copies of articles, webpages and other written materials that I want to review off screen.
If you look at the picture above, you will see a photo of the book, "A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder - How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and on-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place. I highly-recommend it.
And can you read any of the notecards on my desk? One will be the headline of a future blog post or of perhaps I may use it to send a rather offensive email to a person who teaches certification trainings.
Hi there - I have a link to a podcast where Irene Lyon shares some enlightening research and experiential findings about "adverse childhood incidences" and how they can affect our practice and our life. The insight came from what is called "The ACE Study" which found that in a highly successful weight loss study, those who were the most successful and lost the most weight were the most likely to drop out of the program. Interesting no?
If you have ever had clients who struggle with obesity, anxiety, over eating, compulsive sexuality and masturbation and the like, you may find some helpful details in this free podcast by Irene on SoundCloud.
I was a little embarrassed recently when someone asked and I could not find the source of a Feldenkrais quote that I had put on my qoutes page (recently moved from my old blog). Perhaps you can help. Did Moshe say this?
"There are multiple descriptions of the same real world situation. The only justification for language is to empower yourself. If the verbal description you create of the situation you find yourself in leads to paralysis and ineffectual behaviour, then throw those damn words away and find yourself a new set. There is always some useful description of the world that empowers and gives you choices and your task, if you are going to use words at all, is to find that set of words."
I am a little suspicious now as the phrase "multiple descriptions" and the related phrase "double description" are ones that Gregory Bateson used many times. It was one of his signature ideas. Here are some notes on the idea from my friend Tom Malloy (deceased) who taught a class called "Mind and Nature" at the University of Utah:
Double Description is the minimum case for the general principle that the emergence of new knowledge requires multiple descriptions of the territory. For example in a relationship (say, a couple) new knowledge emerges from the two independent descriptions of reality found in the maps of the two people. In a family there would be more than a double description, there would be multiple descriptions. It is important that each description be honored so that in the interaction among them new knowledge can emerge.
Tom did not use the word "map" in a literal sense.
Anyway...if you have come across the quote above in a Feldenkrais context, let me know. For now, I will mark it as "in dispute" and I will likely take it off the Feldenkrais quotes page.
The article below was published over 35 years ago in People magazine right after Feldenkrais completed a segment of the Amherst training. I thought you might enjoy it:
"Feldenkrais...has managed to build a reputation as a miracle worker, largely on the basis of his impressive success in treating victims of cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and stroke. He bristles at the notion that these people are hopelessly brain damaged. "Who among us uses every part of the brain to the fullest?" he asks. "Most of us use maybe five percent of our mind-body potential. In that sense, we are all brain-damaged." More here: Feldenkrais People Magazine 1981